2019 BMW X7 xDrive50i: Technology Driven

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s very obvious that Americans love their SUVs no matter the size or mileage. From smaller crossovers with amazing fuel efficiency to full-size, pompous road warriors that can escort seven in comfort, consumer demand for the latest utility continues to increase year after year. BMW is no stranger to the category as they literally offer an X-model for every personality trait and all capabilities starting with the introductory X1. So it wasn’t an afterthought that the technology driven 2019 X7 xDrive50i would be arriving soon to satisfy expectations for a bigger, smarter and more luxurious SUV in the marketplace.

Traditionally, individuals looking for a sizeable, sophisticated, and performance oriented SUV turned their attention towards the attractive Range Rover, Escalade or QX80. Income is typically not an issue as desire takes precedence over financial strategy. Room for friends and family, endless amenities and a powerful V8 are key ingredients to a recipe that showcases the owner’s societal status and core fundamentals. [Read more…]

2019 BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe: Elevated Athleticism

Where does an auto brand go once the zenith stage has seemingly been reached? Well, for BMW that means the continuation of creating additional numbered vehicles and enhancing current numbered variants such as the X-factors which represent its family of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs) and Sports Activity Coupes (SACs). Whether it is X5, X6, the upcoming X7 or the reinvigorated 2019 X4, each provides individual talents for owners looking for just as much performance as utility, storage and off-road capabilities.
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2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: Dynamic Utility

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

With 19 new 2018 BMW, MINI and Roll-Royce vehicles to evaluate at the BMW Performance Center West, Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California you can imagine the level of technology, innovation and luxury experienced during this pivotal moment for the brand. From the 2018 M5 to the newfangled Phantom the options were diverse and monumental. One of the key vehicles I zeroed in on was the all-new 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo which represents dynamic utility in full fashion. [Read more…]

2016 BMW X4 M40i: Fifty Shades of X

BMW X4 M40i

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The BMW X line is becoming increasingly more significant with the advent of new model types to strengthen the core of the SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) line and appease consumers looking for active lifestyle utilities with character, novelty and performance. Currently in dealerships, the $57,800 BMW X4 M40i is blessed with a paddle shifting M steering wheel, unique 20” M light-alloy double-spoke rims tucked in specific Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber for maximum grip (optional), a sports exhaust with Black Chrome tailpipes, sports chassis and of course the newly introduced inline 6-cylinder engine.

To experience the latest X edition I ventured to Salinas, California located on the Central Coast where we spent time driving through picturesque panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Salad Bowl of the world, the adventurous roads were perfect for the vehicle’s DNA, which is typical BMW AWD performance by way of xDrive. In this case the system is rear wheel biased to meet the driving dynamics BMW was trying to ascertain. Along with explicitly tuned dampers to help reduce body roll, the X4 M40i felt firm and planted through winding roads and abrupt cornering. Of course this is not your average SUV with taller proportions and sluggish componentry. The X4 was designed to closely mimic a car hence its lower stature and coupe-like dimensions.

BMW X4 M40i

Keep in mind the X4 M40i is not a full-fledged BMW M like the X5 M and X6 M, but it receives M packaging, technology and design cues to uplift its systemic M persona from Special Forces operative Wade Wilson to Marvel Comic hero Deadpool. It essentially falls under the M Performance moniker. Accelerated powers begin with the newfangled M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine dispersing 355-horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque which allows the German SAV to dart from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The 3-liter is paired with BMW’s fluid and fast reacting 8-speed STEPTRONIC sports transmission. Acceleration was smooth with continuous torque on demand.

The decision to build the X4 M40i was easy for BMW executives and offers the market another playful utility to decipher from while extending the X roster. Inquiring minds can choose from seven exterior hues such as Long Beach Blue metallic, six Nevada Leather upholstery themes and four various interior trims. Its thick, multifunction steering wheel, wide dead pedal, comfortable seats, Head-up Display, the option of setting the Driving Dynamics Control in SPORT or ECO PRO mode and of course iDrive, BMW Online, BMW Apps and BMW ConnectedDrive made for a relaxing and interactive two-hour drive evaluation. I’m a fan of smart and intuitive vehicles and BMW ascertains you receive the best of both worlds: performance and intelligence.

Depending on your requirements — based on location or career — an array of upgrade packages are available for your M40i beginning with the $950 Cold Weather Package (very much needed in Maryland right now), $1,700 Driver Assistance Plus, $1,900 Lighting Package, $2,750 Technology Package, $1,900 ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant and many more. Though, a plethora of key features are standard such as Automatic Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, Dynamic Damper Control, Sport seats, Dynamic Cruise Control, Park Distance Control, Harman Kardon surround sound system, BMW TeleServices, etc. However, it would have been nice if the steering wheel adjustments were not manual.

BMW X4 M40i

All in all the 2016 BMW X4 M40i presents anther solid offering in the X line which adds more diversity to the Bimmer crew for greater numbers to compete against the likes of Mercedes, Porsche and Audi.